Ouro Preto is located about 400 km to the north-west of Rio de Janeiro, close to Belo Horizonte, main city of the Minais Gerais state. When visiting Ouro Preto, one can discover that everything reminds that the city used to be the wealthiest place in Bazil under the Portuguese government. Indeed, during the ccc century, this place grew incredibly thanks to the gold extraction. Today, this 60,000 inhabitants city is divided into two parts :
- the modern one with a rather good economic activity focused on gem and metal extraction and agriculture,
- the historic part which is strongly focused on the tourism activity.
The historic part is really wealthy with a huge concentration of Portuguese buildings and churches as artefacts of the rich past. Indeed, there are about 12 churches on the top of the main hills of that city, each of them with very wealthy decorations, including the "Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos" church erected by the black slaves in the XVIIIth century. Indeed, slavery was part of the history of that city like many big cities in Brazil which grew up between the 16th and 19th century. One can remark that the first level of any building which was dedicated to the housing of the slaves working in the “Minais Gerais” which were also means the “General Mines” after the Portuguese imperial institution in charge of developing the gem and metal extraction in Brazil.
It was very nice to discover Ouro Preto at sunrise since its located in the mountains quite far from the sea. Thus, each morning there were a nice fog around the hills and the building before the sunlight started to warm the city.
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maciekda (19895) 2005-04-03 14:29
very nice colors here, beautiful light, it is all about mood here, i wouldn't mind being there... very nice landscape photo
Hanssie (10886) 2005-04-03 14:49
A good light on the sharper village and the background, soft and peaceful with nice colours, nice to see this combination
zfocus (173) 2005-04-03 14:52
I usually avoid to describe a photograph as resempling a painting, becouse most of the times is insulting for both arts. In this case, without meaning to insult anyone, the photograph does give me a painting feeling mostly due to how the mountain lines are shaped in front of the fog and the fairy - tale look of the buildings of the village. Also I found your notes about the place very informative. Very well done !
Ah_Thong (466) 2005-04-03 15:07
hi steven...very very nice colors and mood... very very calm and relaxing.. great composition.. and i really do like this photo very very much! thanks for sharing
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-04-03 15:22
Fantastic landscape, what a balance of hues, colours and layers, as good as any landscape can get.
jemaflor (103585) 2005-04-03 15:23
C'est magnifique, le cadrage est parfait et bien sûr ces teintes sont incroyables ! Cette brume et ce ciel rosé : une merveille. Bravo !
herbnallison (1109) 2005-04-03 15:25
You captured the grandeur of the sense of distance and subtle colors very well.
spyros60 (158) 2005-04-03 15:39
Magnificent pic like a painting. Its a beautiful village too!!
serrano (176) 2005-04-03 17:24
Que bela foto! Você conseguiu captar as belas cores e formas do lugar. A neblina por trás das montanhas e das casas deu um charme a mais à foto.
cmarino (2490) 2005-04-03 17:41
Grande... não é apenas mais uma de Ouro Preto, mas uma especial. Que belos tons e conjunto. Esplêndida !
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-04-03 18:28
Hi Steven, sorry no smileys left today, but you trully deserve one with this excellent shot. Composition is right on with equal amount of town, miuntain and sky. I love the way the town is centered and the colours of both the town and the sky are magnificent. Regards Daniel
danyy (0) 2005-04-04 3:06
Je suis fasciné par les couleurs pastels de ta composition et le blanc superbe des facades de ces grands batiments, un bien bon cadrage.
MoosicMan (1231) 2005-04-04 8:52
Beautiful shot, Steven, one of the best I've seen. Many congratulations on this one!
helcio (136) 2005-04-04 10:59
parabens, de tirar o folego... linda composição com essas cores surreais.
olopez (4959) 2005-04-04 12:09
Very nice colors and light.
Beautiful landscape, I love the atmosphere.
toni_al (15875) 2005-04-04 14:15
Very nice composition. Lovely atmosphere with the pretty warm soft colours and the mist in the valley. Great details on the buildings too. Well done.
Galeota (10352) 2005-04-04 14:49
Cette vue sur Ouro Preto est extraordinaire. Une belle lumière et une excellente maîtrise de l'exposition. Le pysage en plans successifs, ainsi que la brume du petit matin au loint, proportionnent une atmosphère de pasibilité et de fraîcheur du matin, annonciatrices de la journée qui se réveille dans toute sa splendeur.
by_stella (0) 2005-04-04 16:59
Soit vous êtes un peintre photographe soit un photographe qui devrait peindre...
J'aurais voulu commenter toutes vos photos et surtout la lumière que vous captez mais sans ADSL ce serait penible.
...et bravo pour votre "portugais"
eleparc (24063) 2005-04-07 18:16
ta photo est absolument superbe et tellement onirique Steven! j'aime bcp ces tons tres doux du petit matin avec cette brume dans le fond.. bravo!Eric
mlopes (494) 2005-04-11 12:13
This is magical Steven! i like everything, the sky, the myst, and the white village really stands out!
chantal (940) 2005-05-11 14:36
J'aime beaucoup cette photo tant au niveau des tons que du contraste entre les lignes droites des bâtiments et les courbes des collines. Les bâtiments aux façades blanches ressortent magnifiquement bien dans cette lumière de début de jour. Bravo!
hantulaut (3441) 2005-07-16 11:19
well this shot really good to see. Many times i saw picture of city and villages, but this one are exceptional
igorw (107) 2005-09-03 6:32
You must have got up early, but it was well worth it.
hookery (621) 2005-10-06 17:13
Que foto tan bella, haz logrado el perfecto equilibrio de luces y color. Magistral!
MIG13 (0) 2005-12-01 22:56
Uma foto diferente das muitas que se fazem de Ouro Preto, não necessariamente pelo ângulo, belíssimo, mas sobretudo pela composição de cores e luz. Parabéns!
Potch (474) 2006-01-24 3:14
Foto simplesmente maravilhosa! Que incrivel a sensacao que ela emite, com essa luz fantastica! Well done! Thanks for sharing.
GSHodg (104) 2006-03-08 6:54
Fabulous colours, composition, sharpness in the details. Makes me want to go there. Excellent.
evanrizo (456) 2006-03-12 15:15
This is a wonder, bravooo great work.
Pictures_Collec (389) 2006-06-07 9:18
mesquens (2401) 2007-05-23 10:40
Ouro Preto vous remercie de si belle photo.
Ouro Preto et aussi Bahia, Rio et les enfants que vous avez perpetués.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-17
- Categories: Daily Life
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- Date Submitted: 2005-04-03 14:20
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